Asia Foundation Fellows Program 2017 $5000

October 27, 2017

The Asia Foundation Development Fellows program is designed to be a multifaceted experience, enhanc-ing leadership skills, Asian development knowledge, professional networks, and international exposure for Asian professionals. The program also provides the flexibility for Fellows to custom-tailor their own professional development component and to stay in their current occupations while participating in the program’s rigorous modules. The program is comprised of the following five components:

1) The Leadership Training Program offered in partnership with the Korea Development Institute (KDI) School of Public Policy and Management in South Korea;
2) The Workshop on Asian Development, held each year in a different Asian nation;
3) A two-week leadership dialogue and study tour opportunity in the U.S.;
4) A flexible professional development stipend/award of US$5,000; and
5) A mentoring component allowing Fellows
to tap into The Asia Foundation’s extensive human resources and thematic expertise.

The application period starts in the fall of each year. A selection committee, comprised of distinguished specialists, then makes their final decision at the beginning of the following year. The Fellows will be recognized over a year-long period from January 1 through December 31.

An award of up to $5,000 will be made available to each of the selected Asia Foundation Development Fellows. This cash award will allow each Fellow the opportunity to design and shape individualized plans to further their leadership skills and relevant professional experience in areas of particular importance to their career growth
and potential. Each Development Fellow will be asked to develop a personalized, year-long work plan that may involve such areas as enrollment in specialized training programs or short courses, language study, travel to attend key regional forums or workshops, or engagement in a series of other enrichment activities to further their leader-ship and professional capabilities.

Further information here.

Carework as Choreography

October 17, 2017

Please join the Blackwood Gallery at UTM on Wed. Oct. 18th for an afternoon of talks, performances, and presentations by artists, activists, and UTM faculty exploring issues related to care work and care giving.

Carework as Choreography

Wed. Oct. 18th, 12–4pm

Blackwood Gallery


12–2pm: Feminist Lunchtime Talks with Cynthia Cranford, Marisa Morán Jahn, Kwentong Bayan Collective, Pinky Paglingayen

Lunch will be provided. The Feminist Lunchtime Talks are presented in partnership with Women and Gender Studies (UTM).


Kwentong Bayan Collective (Althea Balmes and Jo SiMalaya Alcampo) and Marisa Morán Jahn (CareForce) will speak about their projects in Take Care, including the community-based comic book Labour of Love, which details real life stories of Filipin@ and Filipinx migrant caregivers, and CareForce, a transmedia public art, mobile studio, and web-series that amplifies the voices of America’s fastest-growing workforce, caregivers. UTM associate professor of sociology Cynthia Cranford will speak about her research on personal care work in California and Ontario, and local activist Pinky Paglingayen will discuss her advocacy work as a former caregiver and now settlement counsellor with the Caregivers in Transition Program at the Thorncliffe Neighbourhood Office.


The talks will be followed by a tour of the exhibition and a CareForce dance rally led by Marisa Morán Jahn.


2–3pm: Care Work Exhibition Talk & Tour

3–4pm: CareForce Dance Rally


For more information about this event, please visit


Presented as part of the Blackwood Gallery’s 2017-18 programming season:



September 11, 2017–March 10, 2018

Curated by Letters & Handshakes


Encompassing a five-part exhibition series, performances, and workshops, Take Care mobilizes more than 100 artists, activists, curators, and researchers confronting the crisis of care. Take Care unfolds as a series of exhibitions organized around five circuits of care:


Labour of Curation, September 11–30, 2017

Care Work, October 16–November 4, 2017

Infrastructures and Aesthetics of Mutual Aid, November 20–December 9, 2017 Stewardship, January 8–27, 2018 Collective Welfare, February 12–March 10, 2018


For more on the entire exhibition program, please visit our website at

The travels of an exotic bird: The transnational trajectories of Venezuela’s constitutional recognition of the value of unpaid work

September 20, 2017

In her recent article, Masaya Llavaneras-Blanco, a Doctoral Associate with the CGSP, talks about Venezuela’s constitutional recognition of unpaid carework.

The 1995 Beijing Platform for Action (BPfA) established a global norm to recognize the economic value of unpaid care work across the world. In 1999, Venezuela became the first of three South American countries to enshrine a similar norm with its Constitution in its Article 88. I argue that despite the temporal proximity of the two events and the global significance of the BPfA, the global norm only served partially as a tipping point for Venezuela. Taking an analytical framework that underscores the role of norm-takers, this article demonstrates that other, national, regional and transnational interactions led by national actors in national and regional arenas were as important as Beijing ‘95 for the development of Article 88.

Full article

Crossing Scarborough: Nation, Migration & Place-Making between the TRC and the 150

September 20, 2017


Crossing Scarborough: Nation, Migration & Place-Making between the TRC and the 150

The workshop brings together scholars in the fields of transnational migration, the law and Indigeneity to develop an agenda of education for reconciliation focused on questions of migration, im/mobility and belonging. The workshop is convened by Professors Paloma Villegas and Patricia Landolt and presented in partnership with the Doris McCarthy Gallery at UTSC.

Program details at:

Registration is required.


Thu, 28 September 2017

9:00 AM – 4:00 PM EDT


Room IC318

University of Toronto Scarborough

Care Work at the Venice Biennale

September 15, 2017

At this year’s 57th Venice Biennale, a spotlight shone on the work of care.

‘A World Without Borders’ was the theme of the Tunisian Pavilion at the exhibition.

Fiona Williams, emeritus professor of social policy at the University of Leeds and partner collaborator for the GMC project was asked to write a short essay on migration for the exhibit.

Fiona’s essay highlights her own cross-national research on migrant care workers. She also draws upon Professor Ito Peng and Professor Sonya Michel’s work from their book Gender, Migration, and the Work of Care.

Who would have thought that the GMC Project would receive recognition within the international arts scene? It offers a new and unique venue to get people interested and concerned with the work of care.

Read Fiona’s essay for the Tunisian Pavilion here. Note Dr. Ito Peng and Dr. Sonya Michel’s book referenced at the end of the essay.

Caregiver work should be treated like a globally traded commodity: U of T Study

July 26, 2017

In a recent article published by University of Toronto’s Arts & Science News, Principal Investigator Dr. Ito Peng highlights the need to address economic, gender, and racial inequality within the contemporary care economy.


Call for Applications: 2018-2019 Postdoctoral Fellowships at the CGSP

July 13, 2017

Call for Proposals 

The Centre for Global Social Policy at the Department of Sociology at the University of Toronto intends to appoint up to 3 one-year or 6 six-month Postdoctoral Research Fellow(s). 

Application Deadline September 15, 2017

Job Description

The Postdoctoral Research Fellowship(s) will be funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, for research aligned with one of the eight sub-projects of the Gender, Migration, and the Work of Care Partnership Project 

The appointment(s) shall be for a period of from six months to one year. The postdoctoral fellow(s) will work on their own research under the supervision or co-supervision of one of the Project Leads of the Partnership Project, with the fellow housed at the home institution of one of the supervisors. The Fellowships are designed to provide financial and intellectual support for outstanding scholars at the beginning of their professional careers.


Applicants must have completed their PhDs within 5 years of the beginning of the fellowship, in January 2018.

The fellowship provides an annual $45,000.00 Canadian stipend, prorated for those with shorter appointments.

Fellowships are open to citizens of all countries, but fellows must participate in a culminating week-long seminar in December 2018 at the University of Toronto.

The fellowship begins January 1, 2018.


You will need to provide us with the following documents in your application:

  1. Letter of Application
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Research Proposal
  4. Letter of recommendation from host institution supervisor, indicating their willingness to supervise the fellow and the institutional support that will be provided (office space, opportunities for presentation and networking, etc.)

All required documents must be compiled in a single file in Word or PDF format and submitted by email to

For questions about the program and eligibility, please contact Deanna Pikkov, Research Associate, by email at .


From Janet with Love

July 7, 2017

From Janet with Love is an interactive photo essay written by Helene Klodawsky. It tells the story of Jennifer Haydock and her mother Janet, a pen-pal bride originally from the Philippines. The piece beautifully captures the value of care work and touches on a unique migration pathway to Canada. Principle investigator Ito Peng will be working closely with Helene on her next documentary project, “Care Revolution.”


“Our imaginations are blank when it comes to care”

June 15, 2017

With these words, Helene Klodawsky a critically acclaimed filmmaker from Montreal, challenged us to ‘go beyond bland’ and embrace emotionally charged stories if we truly wish to spark audience interest in issues surrounding care.

In her documentary series ‘Care Rebels,’ Helene profiles individuals who are challenging the invisibility and social undervaluation of care work to radically reshape our collective perception of care. She is also working on a larger documentary, ‘Care Revolution,’ in which Project Lead Ito Peng will serve as an expert consultant.

Shaping the care landscape starts with sharing a moment. Helene challenged us to put ourselves in the shoes of somebody who has never thought about the work of care before. To build a narrative that is both informative and compelling, we must ask the questions that too often are neglected. How does a day in a life of a care recipient look like? What are the experiences of young caregivers? Do Canadians see themselves in the work of care? Pursuing these questions can shed light into the realities of care experienced by everyday people.

Helene also encouraged us to look into different creative avenues for showcasing our stories, explaining that a diversity of media platforms can help heighten public interest in the issues surrounding care. For instance, a podcast series exploring the social context of care can accompany a photo-essay of care workers’ daily lived experiences. Widely consumed media sources such as radio and newspapers also present an opportunity to get our stories out to a wider audience. Taking advantage of these outlets complements our objective of showcasing care work from multiple angles.

With refreshed enthusiasm and a surge of creativity, we are looking forward to continuing our Knowledge Mobilization and Dissemination efforts!